At the lunchtime meeting on 8th November, the club welcomed Sean Sessions, who is the leader of the 6th Lochaber (The Braes) Scout Group. The club gave a start-up grant to the group of £300 and a donation of £500 to assist with the purchase of a trailer. Sean told the club that it was “unbelievably better” with the trailer. It facilitates the unit to easily transport all the camping equipment. Sean thanked the club for their support.
Pictured with the trailer is Sean, Secretary Geoff and President Donald.
On Saturday second September, a group of eight Rotarians and friends set off from Laggan Locks at 10.30am. We travelled two miles along the very scenic Canal Path towards the Great Glen Water Park where we met up with Rotarian Paul Brian. Our increased number then headed three miles to Aberchalder and from there a further five miles and a bit to Fort Augustus. The Canal seems to have a life of its own with the activity from walkers, cyclists, boats, and canoeists. The beautiful Canal side cottages are even better than a “chocolate box” appearance. We were blessed with perfect weather which enhanced the whole trip.
Arriving in Fort Augustus, we all decided that the Lock Inn would make a good venue for lunch. Bikes were securely parked and locked and we adjourned for food and refreshments. Most of us enjoyed fish and chips (Buckie Haddock) and I am sure my friends would agree it was the best fish and chips ever. Following lunch, we set out on the return trip which was just as enjoyable as the sun was still shining. We arrived back at Laggan Locks in good time where we loaded up the bikes, exchanged fond farewells and headed home. The distance covered was 22.7 miles with a cycling time of just over three hours. Huge thanks to Ron for all organisation and a big thank you to friends who joined us. The company was most enjoyable and the outing very worthwhile.
A possible next adventure is to Lismore on 23rd September. Everyone will be welcome to join us.
Lochaber Rotary Club welcomed the governor of the 50-club West of Scotland District to its business lunch meeting on 23 August.
DG Gary Louttit, who is a member of the Renfrew Rotary Club, thanked the Lochaber club for its hearty welcome and stressed that the Rotary Theme for this year of “Making a Difference” should be kept at the forefront of our plans and work for this year, and that we WILL continue to make a difference in our communities and in the world at large.
Gary said: “We should be proud of what we do as Rotarians, no matter how each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference to others, however large or small and whether locally or internationally”. Gary recalled that Rotary International President Ian Riseley, had produced a very achievable Presidential Citation, which sets out 3 main goals of firstly, supporting and strengthening local Rotary clubs; secondly, focussing on humanitarian service including finally eradicating polio; and lastly, enhancing Rotary’s public image and awareness. Gary endorsed the point made by Assistant Governor Andy McDonald on his recent visit to Fort William that this could be achieved in part by using Rotary Club Central regularly to record all our good work and service. Gary added: “If you use those 3 main goals as a guide this year your club will certainly Make a Difference“.
Gary also reinforced his invitation to club members to attend the District Conference on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October. An interesting selection of speakers and charities have been lined up to tell delegates what they are doing, including our own Rotarians, along with some great entertainment. In closing, Gary said: “I am also looking for support from all of our Clubs and members this year, to tackle a District-wide project together, for the charity ‘Rise Against Hunger’, which will feed 100,000 people and allow us to tick all 3 of the main goals, together. I hope we can all get together on this and show our communities and the world that Rotary really is making a difference!”
Club President Donald McCorkindale thanked Gary for his well-presented and motivational talk, and club members responded with warm applause.
Pictured (from the left) is PP Terry Lee, PE Iain Johnston, DG Gary Louttit, PP Paula Ross, President Donald McCorkindale and PP Angus Nicolson.
Thanks to Iain Ferguson for the photo.
The Rotary Club of Lochaber continued its efforts to eradicate polio by holding a special lunch last week.
Already this year, the club’s ‘End Polio Now’ campaign has seen them sell jars of Tiptree plum jam and distribute Purple4Polio badges.
Purple4Polio is a Rotary-wide partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), aiming to plant five million crocus corms to add a vibrant carpet of purple to communities.
But the Lochaber branch says these events were topped on Saturday, May 13 by a soup and sandwich lunch where the generous Lochaber public, and a big turnout of visitors to Fort William, helped raise several hundred pounds to get rid of the disease.
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. The Rotary polio campaign dates back to 1985 when Rotarians promised to the mothers of the world that polio would be eradicated and their children would no longer suffer from the disease.
The Lochaber branch says this promise is on the brink of being fulfilled, with just 37 polio cases in three countries in 2016 and that there are real hopes 2017 will see the last case.
Last Saturday 13 May 2017 in Duncansburgh Church Hall, the soup and sandwiches were complemented by tea, coffee and shortbread.
Club members produced a range of homemade soups, including sweet potato and parsnip, tomato and lentil and cream of celery, followed by platters of freshly prepared sandwiches.
Club president Paula Ross said she was delighted by the public support and added: ‘At one stage there was hardly an empty table. Ending polio is just one of the hundreds of initiatives Rotary is involved in to make a difference to communities at home and abroad.’
It is with considerable sadness that we announce the passing of our President-Elect Derrick Warner, who suffered a heart attack at work on Monday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tanya and the family.
Derrick will be sorely missed by many.
President Paula said: “Derrick was such a great support to me in my presidential year. Kind, helpful, generous and with a cracking sense of humour. Nothing was ever too much trouble. Our thoughts and condolences to Tanya and family. We will miss you Derrick xx”